@sozavele That’s good to hear, though I wonder how much Platinum tickets will cost? I think Club Silverstone tickets gave you a guaranteed seat all weekend this year? They were sold out by the time we made up our minds to go.
I think the reason it’s an issue is that compared to a lot of other races I’ve been to the crowds are still very big on Fridays and Saturdays. This year the crowd stats were 80,000 on Friday, 94,000 on Saturday and 120,000 on Sunday.
If you’re going to be that full then chances are people are really going to have to hunt out a decent seat if they don’t arrive at the crack of dawn, so why not sell a lot more tickets that guarantee a seat on Saturday and Sunday? The answer is that most people want to roam, but as the event is now so popular it really is a system that rewards the early bird.
Personally I’m a big fan of the Monaco system. Buy a different seat for each day, or a seat for the whole weekend, or just Saturday and Sunday. It’s very flexible. When we went in 2011 you could just rock up on the Thursday and choose your grandstand (most were empty) and we booked two separate spots for the Saturday and Sunday. You can choose your actual seats online as well.
Anyway I know this sounds like a bit of an epic whinge. It really is a great circuit, and the event for the most part was well run this year. I just don’t understand why you are forced to buy roaming tickets for the Saturday when every other race I’ve been to doesn’t make this choice for you…especially given the popularity of the Friday and Saturday sessions compared to other circuits and the consequent difficulty getting a seat.